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Today I reversed my opinion of another tea after trying a different steeping temperature and steeping time, so I thought I would give this yummy-sounding tea another try. I cold-steeped it and left the bags in, giving it periodic sips.

After 5 minutes — nada. No soap, not much of any flavor at all. Smelled lovely, though.

After 10 minutes — still nothing.

After 15 minutes — this tea is just a failure with me. Really disappointing.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Alphakitty

No flavor even after cold-steeping? That’s a pretty serious fail on the company’s part.

Barb

Yes, about all that’s left to try is doubling up on the amount of tea. But since I’m already using 2 bags/cup, I don’t know whether that’s worth it. It’s strange. The other two reviewers gave it much higher marks.

Alphakitty

Maybe you just got a bad batch? I’ve gotten Celestial Seasoning stuff that is really stale because it’s been sitting on a grocery store shelf for well over a year.

Barb

That, too, is possible. Or that it’s been maltreated. The expiration date is November, 2013.

LiberTEAS

@Alphakitty – that is precisely why I won’t purchase tea from a grocery store any more. I have found tea that had been expired over a year at different locations. Most places really just don’t care about tea nor think about it expiring.

Barb

I am going to start looking more closely for expiration dates but that doesn’t appear to be the case here, since the date is about 18 months away. Although maltreatment (bad storage, high temps, whatever) is a definite possibility.

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Alphakitty

No flavor even after cold-steeping? That’s a pretty serious fail on the company’s part.

Barb

Yes, about all that’s left to try is doubling up on the amount of tea. But since I’m already using 2 bags/cup, I don’t know whether that’s worth it. It’s strange. The other two reviewers gave it much higher marks.

Alphakitty

Maybe you just got a bad batch? I’ve gotten Celestial Seasoning stuff that is really stale because it’s been sitting on a grocery store shelf for well over a year.

Barb

That, too, is possible. Or that it’s been maltreated. The expiration date is November, 2013.

LiberTEAS

@Alphakitty – that is precisely why I won’t purchase tea from a grocery store any more. I have found tea that had been expired over a year at different locations. Most places really just don’t care about tea nor think about it expiring.

Barb

I am going to start looking more closely for expiration dates but that doesn’t appear to be the case here, since the date is about 18 months away. Although maltreatment (bad storage, high temps, whatever) is a definite possibility.

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